Select a Team

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

Laugardalsvollur Stadium (ATT 8,369) 16th October 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: A Kelly

Iceland Iceland vs Switzerland Switzerland

Iceland 0

ft

Switzerland 2

T Barnetta (65)
M Gavranovic (79)

Swiss stay cool in Iceland

Late double strike sends Hitzfeld home happy

Last Updated: 16/10/12 10:15pm

  • Share:
Tranquilo Barnetta: Schalke midfielder set Swiss on road to victory

Tranquilo Barnetta: Schalke midfielder set Swiss on road to victory

Switzerland scored twice in the final 25 minutes to beat Iceland and extend their lead in Group E.

Tranquillo Barnetta broke the deadlock on 65 minutes before Mario Gavranovic clinched a win that moved the Swiss three points clear of the chasing pack after four games.

Iceland had begun the night with the chance to leapfrog their rivals at the top of the group and could have led on 60 minutes but Birkir Bjarnason shot against the crossbar.

Defeat meant Iceland dropped to third in the group with Norway's 3-1 win in Cyprus enough to move them up to second.

Fizzed

Switzerland made the early running when Barnetta and Xherdan Shaqiri fizzed shots over the crossbar.

Iceland showed why they have enjoyed a good start to the campaign, however, and a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick forced Diego Benaglio to tip over.

Shaqiri worked home goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson into action but Benaglio had to make the best save of the half just before the break when he pushed Alfred Finnbogason's shot from 12 yards wide.

Iceland continued to threaten after the break and almost led when Bjarnason thumped his shot against the bar.

It proved a decisive moment as Barnetta opened the scoring five minutes later with a curled finish into the top-right corner.

Gavranovic made the game safe for the Swiss 14 minutes from the end when he latched onto Stephan Lichtsteiner's pass from the right.

  • Share:

Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 16th Oct - Group F
    Tue 16th Oct - Group I
    Tue 16th Oct - Group G
    • Latvia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
      bet
      TV
    • Bos & Herz
      3 - 0
      Lithuania
      bet
      TV
    • Slovakia
      0 - 1
      Greece
      bet
      TV
    Tue 16th Oct - Group D
    Tue 16th Oct - Group A
    Tue 16th Oct - Group B
    Tue 16th Oct - Group E
    Tue 16th Oct - Group H
    • Ukraine
      0 - 1
      Montenegro
      bet
      TV
    • San Marino
      0 - 2
      Moldova
      bet
      TV
    Tue 16th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      1 - 4
      Rep Ireland
      bet
      TV
    • Austria
      4 - 0
      Kazakhstan
      bet
      TV
    • Germany
      4 - 4
      Sweden
      bet
      TV

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

Related